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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewellery thieves. After a spell in jail the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself... See full summary »

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Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewellery thieves. After a spell in jail the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself, and sets about getting close to gangster boss Arnold Rothstein to move in on his booze, girls, gambling, and drugs operations. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The Wildest Mobster of the Roaring Twenties! See more »

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Crime | History

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15 May 1960 (Japan)  »

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El fin del rey del crimen  »

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Trivia

The Broadway musical production based on this movie "Legs Diamond" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York on December 26, 1988 and ran for 64 performances. See more »

Goofs

When Legs Diamond is shot, he falls between two beds face down with his shoes pointed down. The next shot shows him face up. See more »

Quotes

Teenager: [Staring at corpse] That's not Legs Diamond.
Cab Driver: [Grabs kid by the collar and forces him to have a good look] Take a look at that, kid. That's Legs Diamond and don't you ever forget it.
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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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Documentary March
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Music by William Lava
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Unjustly neglected gangster pic.
7 July 2016 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Budd Boetticher's "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" may be studio bound and a little artificial at times but it moves at a cracking pace and is never less than hugely entertaining as well as being somewhat neglected. That good and underrated actor Ray Danton is Jack 'Legs' Diamond and he dominates a fine cast that includes Simon Oakland, Elaine Stewart and in small parts Warren Oates and a young Dyan Cannon,(called Diane here). Diamond's career in crime has been largely overlooked by the movies and I can't gauge just how accurately this film portrays him. If it is factually correct then Mr Diamond was one mean so-and-so!


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